Colette Daiute does research on child, youth, and adult development in extremely challenging and rapidly changing environments. Her recent book publications include Human Development and Political Violence (2010); Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach (2013); and International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development (2006), with Beykont, Nucci, and Higson-Smith. Recent journal articles include “Human Development in Global Systems,” Global Studies Journal (2012); “‘It Seems Like It’s Normal, Even’: Narrative Analyses of ‘Risk’ in Early Childcare in Rio’s Favelas,” Revista Educação em Foco–UFJF (2012), with Vasconcellos and Eisenberg; “‘Trouble’ in, around, and between Narratives,” Narrative Inquiry (2011); and “The Rights of Children, the Rights of Nations: Developmental Theory and the Politics of Children’s Rights,” Journal of Social Issues (2008).
The research paradigm of Daiute and her collaborators and students involves studying human development in the context of innovative activities in educational and community organizations in situations of political violence, conflict, postwar transitions, migration, poverty, cultural diversity, and integration. Daiute’s research also investigates critical and developmental uses of such cultural tools as literacy, narrative, social media, and community organizations for the mutual influences of young people and society. One current research project focuses on the role of teachers as agents of social integration among Roma communities in the Western Balkans, and another project studies community colleges as mediators of the deferred action policy for young immigrants to the United States.
Daiute has most recently received research grants from the Spencer Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She has been invited to present keynote lectures and workshops in Brazil, India, Colombia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, and across the United States. Before coming to the Graduate Center, she was a professor at Harvard University and at Columbia University Teachers College. Daiute received her Ed.D. from Columbia Teachers College.